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Dictionary Definition

pledge

Noun

1 a deposit of personal property as security for a debt; "his saxophone was in pledge"
2 someone accepted for membership but not yet fully admitted to the group
3 a drink in honor of or to the health of a person or event [syn: toast]
4 a binding commitment to do or give or refrain from something; "an assurance of help when needed"; "signed a pledge never to reveal the secret" [syn: assurance]

Verb

1 promise solemnly and formally; "I pledge that will honor my wife" [syn: plight]
2 pay (an amount of money) as a contribution to a charity or service, especially at regular intervals; "I pledged $10 a month to my favorite radio station" [syn: subscribe]
3 propose a toast to; "Let us toast the birthday girl!"; "Let's drink to the New Year" [syn: toast, drink, salute, wassail]
4 give as a guarantee; "I pledge my honor"
5 bind or secure by a pledge; "I was pledged to silence"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Etymology

From plege (French: pleige).

Verb

  1. To make a solemn promise (to do something).
  2. To deposit something as a security; to pawn.

Translations

To make a solemn promise
To deposit something as a security; to pawn

Noun

  1. A solemn promise to do something.
  2. A security to guarantee payment of a debt.
  3. A drinking toast.
  4. (the pledge): A promise to abstain from drinking alcohol.

Translations

solemn promise
security to payment
A promise to abstain from drinking alcohol
  • Finnish: raittiuslupaus

Extensive Definition

A pledge is an oath. It may also refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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